Humanism today, we are afraid, is on the wane.
The relation between man and man, and, for
that end-in-view, man and the world, as it ought
to be is far beyond satisfactory. The nagging
ukase in humanism nursed in passivity, *
cowardice, egoism, ignorance and apathy has
already greeted much mischief to be rampantly
afoot and has exceedingly brought man down
to the abyss of inhuman insensibility.
A vibrant humanist par excellence, Swami
Vivekananda harmonizes humanism with the
living realities and constraints of life, and spells
out the finer essence of humanism by
upholding the eternal spirit of man—Tat
Tamhosi. He accentuates the essential
components of humanism, which pave newer
and more thrilling avenues of the ascent and
excellence of man in terms of society, education,
aesthetics, religion, spirituality, mysticism and
A unique study on the philosophy of
Swami Vivekananda’s vibrant humanism.
Mohit Chakrabarti, D. Litt.: Teaches Education
and English at Visva-Bharati University,
Santiniketan, India. Honoured with National
Award as teacher educator.
Credited with participation/presentation/
acceptance of papers in international/ national
conferences, seminars, symposia etc. including
the World Assembly of Teacher Educators,
The University of the West Indies, Kingston,
Jamaica; Beijing Normal University, Beijing,
China; Institute of Education, Singapore; First
International Conference on ‘Literature in
Translation’, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
Delhi; First International Symposium on ‘India
and World Literature’, University of Delhi,
Delhi; Sixth Conference of the International
Society for the Study of European Ideas
(ISSED, University of Haifa, Israel; Workshop
on Setting the Agenda for Change for Central
Universities for the 21st Century organised by
the Department of Education, Ministry of
Human Resource Development, Government
Consistent and prolific contributor to
studies and researches on Mahatma Gandhi,
Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.
To be as one ought to be is the genesis of humanism. Swami
Vivekananda goes a step farther in the efflorescence of
humanism. He makes intensive inroads to one’s being in the
celebration of consciousness, which prompts and enables one
to march ahead towards diverse and thrilling avenues of
ascent and excellence. The Garden of Paradise is always in
man beckoning to become an eternal wayfarer to beauty and
goodness, humility and righteousness, simplicity and fullness.
The cathedral of humanism as Vivekananda vibrantly
presents, is a symbol of the ardent promise and poignance of
man-the promise and poignance of Tat Tamhosi, Thou art That,
and the Swayambhu, the All Beautiful effulged in oneself, which
is the most prized identity of man. To make this cathedral an
ever sacred and serene altar in humankind is all that we are all
| the time in quest of meaningful and practical philosophy of
humanism. "The Essence of Humanism: Vivekananda’s
Viewpoints" is concerned with this quest.
That the society in which we live and share our thoughts
and actions, needs an out and out overhauling in terms of love,
sympathy, service, fellow-feeling, tolerance and many other
invaluable components contributing to worthwhile humanism
is discussed at lengthin "Humanism and Society: Vivekananda’s.
The true and living vision of humanism always banks
upon education of the right kind and that of the right mind.
In "Humanism and Education: Vivekananda’s Perspectives"
this important dimension of education has been analysed
with a critical approach to what Vivekananda actually
envisions humanism in and through the apposite role of
Religion, more often than not, is an appalling ukase and
abstraction. Bereft of its essential and ardent fusion with the
appropriate spirit of humanism, it hardly responds to the head
and the heart, the mind and the soul, and, above all, to the
beckoning of the good and the beautiful. The essence of
humanism that is actually the essence of true religion can never
be apart from man. The destiny of man looks forward to that
humanism which calls forth and caresses to cultivate the religion
of the all-round welfare of every human being. "Humanism and
Religion: Vivekananda’s Breakthroughs" deals with this altruistic
spirit of humanism from an altogether newer and more thrilling
perspective of practical religion.
"Humanism and Aesthetics: Vivekananda’s Beckonings"
is an in-depth analysis of how Swami Vivekananda serenely
delineates with role of aesthetics in humanism.
Humanism cannot but be nurtured with the finer
components of mysticism. "Humanism and Mysticism:
Vivekananda’s Introspection" is a modest endeavour to
identify, analyse and evaluate the essentials of humanism as
Vivekananda advocates with special reference to the mystic
beyonding of man.
"Humanism and Spiritualism: Vivekananda’s
efflorescence" is an intensive study of how Vivekananda
continually makes us aware of the importance of the cultivation
of humanism that amply contributes to the advancement of
inner excellence and divine ascent of man.
"Humanism and Peace: Vivekananda’s Vision" and
"Towards a New Image of Man: Vivekananda’s Explorations"
might provide the esteemed readers with promises afresh for
understanding and appreciating Swami Vivekananda’s vibrant
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